By: Elena Grace Flores
President Obama just recently hit the highest approval rating of his second term in CNN’s new poll 55% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing. It is the highest Barack Obama approval rating since his inauguration for the second time.
Philippine President’s Insults
It’s not the insults of the Philippine President that matter to Americans. It’s how he responded gracefully. Obama hit 55% just twice in the CNN survey after his first year in office. Also once right before his second term. Obama approval ratings were much higher in the opening months of 2009. As he was also riding a post-election high.
Impact to Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy
The president is hoping that his approval rating helps get Hillary Clinton elected next month. “Let me just say that I think the president views himself as a clean-up hitter,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest during a briefing with reporters. He discussed the president’s role in the campaign.
CNN Poll Duration
The CNN/ORC poll was conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2 of 1,501 adults; the margin of error is 2.5 percentage points. This was when Philippine President Rodrigo calls him “son of a whore”. Not enough, Duterte also tells Obama anew “to go to hell”. Duterte refrains from listening to Obama’s advice on his drug war.
Humility Goes a long Way and it shows in Barack Obama Approval Rating
All the bad words coming from the mouth of the tough-talking Philippine President do not irk Obama. He just tries to understand that he is a “colorful guy”. Therefore his comments are also colorful.
Colorful Guy’s Take
Obama refuses to escalate the war on words. He cancelled his supposed visit for the time being. There are also reports that the US may cancel its military aid to the Philippines. As expected, Duterte boasted that his country can stand alone without America’s help.